Furious Elvis Presley fans have launched a bitter attack on a businessman
who cut up a 1954 mastertape of the rock'n'roll superstar's music to sell
According to MASTER TAPE COLLECTION boss MICHAEL ESPOSITO, the recording -
which featured classic track THAT'S ALL RIGHT and nine other tunes - was so
fragile, he only played it once and made a digital copy. However, Esposito then
the tape and is selling each piece for $629 (GBP370).
Esposito says, "What we decided to do is share the tape. This will never
be played again because it will never hold up. It's in such bad shape. It's
But furious Elvis fans can't believe such a precious piece of memorabilia
has been handled in such a way.
Rock critic DAVE MARSH fumes, "If they were cutting up something that was
purported to be the original copy of the Declaration of Independence or an
original copy of MOBY-DICK, we wouldn't even be asking, 'What's the big
ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME curator JIM HENKE agrees: "If indeed it is the
original master tape to That's All Right, I think it's a disaster.
"To destroy something that's such an important historic artifact is
destroying a key part of American culture."